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G3 Stinger XCD review coming

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:23 am
by Nick BC
Well the deal was too good to pass up so I bought a pair of 172's from the G3 website for C$300. I've had my eyes on these skis for a while, but there are absolutely no reviews I can find on the web. I know the original smooth base Stinger was highly rated by testers in its preseason, based upon comments from a friend who worked for G3 at the time.

I've had Guides, whose base was concave (a notorious problem) so they washed out on harder snow. I replaced them with BC110's and found them equally squirrelly on harder snow and impossible in the warm, heavy Spring snow in the North Shore Mountains of Vancouver. I get it that Guides, BC series and SBounds are basically cross country construction writ large so I'm hoping another proper DH ski with scales will ski as well as my Vector BC's.

I'm planning to use these Stingers mounted with a Spike 3 pin for mellow tours with my last generation T3 boots. For steeper or more challenging skiing I will still be on my Vector BC's with TTS and Scarpa TX.

Re: G3 Stinger XCD review coming

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:58 pm
by Woodserson
Can't wait! Good luck!

Re: G3 Stinger XCD review coming

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:50 pm
by Bri7
Nick BC wrote:Well the deal was too good to pass up so I bought a pair of 172's from the G3 website for C$300. I've had my eyes on these skis for a while, but there are absolutely no reviews I can find on the web. I know the original smooth base Stinger was highly rated by testers in its preseason, based upon comments from a friend who worked for G3 at the time.


Indeed the deal was so good I had to buy something too :) My heart went for the XCD FINDr86. They were a few bucks cheaper (274$ CAD) than the Stinger and they had a 1m82 size. Can wait to try them! There must be something wrong with G3 prices. Canadian currency prices are lower than USD? Doesn't make sense.

Re: G3 Stinger XCD review coming

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:58 pm
by Nick BC
Well I've had a few more days out on these skis. If I had to characterize them I would have to say:
1) XC stride and glide is less "directional" than my previous BC110's and Guides, possibly due to the lesser camber and slightly greater sidecut;
2) The downhill performance is streets ahead of those other skis, I skied them at Whistler from top to bottom with no problems.

I think the fact that they are basically an excellent AT touring ski with a waxless base helps. For me, a lot of my Spring tours after the lifts close in Vancouver (in my case Cypress) are on terrain (Hollyburn) which is rolly polly at the lower end, but has some steep pitches at the upper end so you need a capable downhill ski to cope with the Spring snow at the top and a waxless ski helps on the run out in the undulating stretches. I think I'm going to love them for that.